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silhouette tutorial

We all love a good silhouette. Especially of sweet little faces.  So {as promised} I’ve put together a tutorial on an easy way to make one.  Now, easy may be relative so bear with me. But first, a little silhouette inspiration: Feeling inspired? Here we go : (more…)

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a few of my favorite {blogs}

I love reading blogs. I love witty writing and gorgeous photos and sweet personal reflections. I love seeing real life homes and magazine-worthy homes and over-the-top party ideas.  I love how each blogger can make her space unique and infuse such personality into a virtual speck of zeros and ones that is the internet. I […]

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things I like: stripes

Ooooh, how I love stripes. I love them on walls: {via the inspired room} {via The Lettered Cottage} {via potterybarn kids} {via The Estate of Things} I love them on floors: {via Bryn Alexandra} {via house beautiful} {via Pink Wallpaper} {via house beautiful} {via elle decor} I love them on chairs & sofas: {via Our […]

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things i like: striped paper straws

I should really title this ‘things I really like’ because I do have a slight obsession right now. But are these not the most darling drinking straws? They make any drink more festive. I ordered a few packs for my Summer Boutique to fancy up the clear plastic cups I was using for the lemonade […]

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Things I like: hooks

When I’m looking through the million blogs I read I save the photos that most catch my eye {as I’m sure many of you do}.  I call mine the ‘things I like’ folder.   It is fun to glance at the inspiring images and remember a project or an outfit or a decorating idea that I […]

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Sometimes Leftovers are great

I have a few things left over from the Boutique that I thought I’d offer here on the blog.  These are one of a kind items and there are limited quantities, so if you’d like something you see, email me and I’ll mark it as sold. Ruffled Silk Chandelier Lampshades $50 for set of four […]

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details . details

The day before the boutique my sister called to say that many of her friends were interested in coming but they didn’t really know what it was.  Ryan and I had a vision for what we wanted it to be, but explaining it was a little challenging.  Store? Cocktail party?  Art gallery? Craft show? None […]

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the summer boutique

Last night we hosted the summer boutique. It was SO MUCH FUN. And utterly exhausting! I have a ton of beautiful photos I can’t wait to share, but I’ll start today with the before & after of our amazing space.  This was hosted at my sister’s brother & sister-in-law’s house which is so beautifully designed […]

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hand painted diy wood door sign for jdc

Yesterday one of my tasks for The Summer Boutique was to make a store sign.  I wanted my sign to look the same as my logo {simple font spaced out wide}, but I also wanted it to look hand painted and old{ish}. So we started with this old door front:   then printed my logo […]

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teacher gifts {part three} and some other stuff

First, let’s start with a fun gift idea: Dana from MADE is a genius at sewing and comes up with such cute and simple projects to make. She featured this little project right before Mother’s Day and I just knew my mom would love a ruffle-y summer scarf. All it takes is a half yard […]

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pretty things

I’m back from my retreat and had the most amazing, refreshing, encouraging time. I have much to process, and I’m guessing there will be a few ‘journal-ish’ posts in the next few days. Have you ever been to a women’s retreat? There are a lot of tears. Good ones, sad ones, freeing ones. I cried […]

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my baby sister is having a baby

My big sister and I hosted a shower for our little sister last night. She is due with her second little girl in just a few weeks, so it was fun to celebrate with a few of her dearest friends. While laying in bed fighting off a breast infection a few weeks ago, the theme […]

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It’s a sunny day

My mom taught a song to the boys: “It’s a sunny day, it’s a sunny day, it’s sunny outside so we can go out a play. All the little children say ‘hip-hip-hooray!’ It’s a sunny, sunny day {boom boom}” Most days when it is unexpectedly sunny {quite frequently, I’m afraid}, we all break out in […]

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affirmation and a necklace

First off, thank you to all the sweet women who commented on my last post. I debated about whether this was the right place to ‘journal’ and I think after reading your comments, it was.  After I pressed ‘publish’ I said a prayer that somehow my total honesty would make some sort of impact on […]

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my house plant woes

When my husband and I were first married and moved into our first home, I bought a maidenhair fern. I’ve always loved their frilly leaves and I figured a home is more homey when plants are present. The fern didn’t live too long.  I learned quickly that 1. maidenhair ferns are quite temperamental and 2. […]

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girly things

I’ve been meaning to write a new blog post, but I have a dilemma: All I can think about is my precious baby. Not that she is a bad thing to think about. I’m just thinking maybe no one else wants to hear about her perfect lips and sweet noises and darling hair and teensy […]

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thinking pink

I’m not a color girl. When I tear out images from magazines, they are generally very neutral, containing a lot of black, white & taupe. My house is pretty colorless as is my closet. I’m not sure if it is a commitment thing or just what my eye is drawn to, but i still prefer […]

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the nursery {part one of many I’m sure}

Just to recap: I have three boys. Our house is full of legos and trucks and blue.  And now, I am expecting a baby girl. Pink? Flowers? Baby dolls? Hair bows? All so exciting and yet so foreign to me! As I’ve shopped and looked at pictures, I’m realizing that I really don’t love pink. […]

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